1. Definition: Respiratory disease is caused by a virus that can affect nose, throat and the respiratory system. This disease can be infected from person to another person through sneezing, cough and direct contact.
2. Symptoms: the symptoms of respiratory disease are cough, fatigue, flu or cold, headache, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat and this disease can take 2 days to 4 days.
3. Risks: this disease is very risky for children, or old people. If they are not able to wash their hands properly or have close contact with a person who has respiratory disease, they will likely get infected. The immune system will be at risk such as people with HIV.
4. Prevention: Washing our hands frequently, avoiding contact with the person who has respiratory disease, and cleaning the things we use such as phone, refrigerator, computer, stairs and door so on are things we can do to prevent respiratory diseases. Covering the face when sneezing, refraining from touching the face and eyes, avoiding smoking, staying in a hygience place or location and taking flu vaccines are additional precautions. Flu can take 7 days to 10 days.
5. Severe Cases: If not properly treated, this disease can lead to pneumonia, acute bronchitis, ear infections, coughs, sore throats, colds, and can cause symptoms of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
6. Treatment and Recommendations: Drink plenty of water, take a long rest and consult with your doctor if your flu takes more than 10 days.
-Dr. Sokrangsey Nin